Carly Watters || Literary Agent
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
SVP @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. Co-host ‘The Shit No One Tells You About Writing’ podcast. VP Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents.
145 MSWL
228 AskAgent
332 Tips

I’m doing a pop up Q&A on IG stories this afternoon.

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Tiffany Liao
@Tiff_Liao
Editor
Executive Editor @zandoprojects . Reppin' the 408 in the land of 212. It's pronounced meow with an L. Opinions are my own. She/her.
25 MSWL
5 AskAgent
1 Tips

Rain Ashton says buy BAD WITCH BURNING @RainTheWriter

What do you think of marginalized folks trying out dead tropes/genres? Are the dead-dead genres still dead no matter what? I'm asking mostly for adult! #askDVPit

Love tropes! They exist & endure because they work! Endlessly interesting ways to tap into, explore, subvert tropes from a marginalized pov. Publishing is too quick to declare a genre "dead-dead" when we've only pushed out one (read: white/euro/straight/cis) version #askdvpit

Jim McCarthy
@JimMcCarthy528
Literary Agent
Literary agent & VP at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. Query me at QueryManager.com/JimMcCarthy
57 MSWL
88 AskAgent
10 Queries
7 Tips
Emily Forney
@EmilyKaitlinnn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @bookendslit • Young Leaders Council @feministpress • Internet/pop culture writer • Expert trap queen • emilykaitlin.com for #MSWL
7 MSWL
16 AskAgent
Emily Forney
@EmilyKaitlinnn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @bookendslit • Young Leaders Council @feministpress • Internet/pop culture writer • Expert trap queen • emilykaitlin.com for #MSWL
7 MSWL
16 AskAgent
Kiara Valdez
@dezinpub
Editor
@01FirstSecond Associate Editor| Writer | She/Her| Opinions are mine |✨anime, comics, fashion| Demi-Bi Afro🇩🇴 |#LatinxInPub| Rep’d: @BrittSiess
3 MSWL
6 AskAgent
Kiara Valdez
@dezinpub
Editor
@01FirstSecond Associate Editor| Writer | She/Her| Opinions are mine |✨anime, comics, fashion| Demi-Bi Afro🇩🇴 |#LatinxInPub| Rep’d: @BrittSiess
3 MSWL
6 AskAgent

Hussna Az @AzamyHussna

What are some fantasy tropes/topics you are tired of?

#askDVpit

Not tied to only fantasy—I’m tired of stories of white ppl in foreign lands being surprised, shooketh, idk about this place/culture that isn’t there’s. Lol I don’t care about their thoughts or discomfort in this situation…🤷🏾‍♀️ #askDVpit

Emily Forney
@EmilyKaitlinnn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @bookendslit • Young Leaders Council @feministpress • Internet/pop culture writer • Expert trap queen • emilykaitlin.com for #MSWL
7 MSWL
16 AskAgent

Barb Miller @BarbMiller831

#askdvpit If an agent passes on your full MS, but is very complimentary regarding querying them on future projects, would it be super tacky to contact them after a major revision on the one they were initially considering?

I don’t think it’s tacky at all. Just be mindful that you aren’t turning that revision over in a week. Spend time on it, really reflect on it, and allow for the agent to have some distance to and get excited #askDVpit

Emily Forney
@EmilyKaitlinnn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @bookendslit • Young Leaders Council @feministpress • Internet/pop culture writer • Expert trap queen • emilykaitlin.com for #MSWL
7 MSWL
16 AskAgent

Brianne Gazal @BrianneGazal

#askdvpit thoughts on an author website for the unpublished writer. Should I or shouldn’t I create one?

Everyone should create a website! I mean, do you absolutely need one before you get an agent? Not necessarily. But it does help give people a sense of your identity, work you can showcase, experiences, aesthetics etc. but they are massively important when you get a deal #askDVpit

Jim McCarthy
@JimMcCarthy528
Literary Agent
Literary agent & VP at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. Query me at QueryManager.com/JimMcCarthy
57 MSWL
88 AskAgent
10 Queries
7 Tips

Morgan 🍷📚 @ladymorgan_x

Is having a social media presence a must for future writers? #askDVpit

I find myself running further and further away from social media to maintain my own mental health, and I won't ask any of my clients to subject themselves to this hellfire if they don't legitimately enjoy it/get something worthwhile out of it! #askDVpit

Jim McCarthy
@JimMcCarthy528
Literary Agent
Literary agent & VP at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. Query me at QueryManager.com/JimMcCarthy
57 MSWL
88 AskAgent
10 Queries
7 Tips
Emily Forney
@EmilyKaitlinnn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @bookendslit • Young Leaders Council @feministpress • Internet/pop culture writer • Expert trap queen • emilykaitlin.com for #MSWL
7 MSWL
16 AskAgent
Jim McCarthy
@JimMcCarthy528
Literary Agent
Literary agent & VP at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. Query me at QueryManager.com/JimMcCarthy
57 MSWL
88 AskAgent
10 Queries
7 Tips
Jim McCarthy
@JimMcCarthy528
Literary Agent
Literary agent & VP at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. Query me at QueryManager.com/JimMcCarthy
57 MSWL
88 AskAgent
10 Queries
7 Tips
Emily Forney
@EmilyKaitlinnn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @bookendslit • Young Leaders Council @feministpress • Internet/pop culture writer • Expert trap queen • emilykaitlin.com for #MSWL
7 MSWL
16 AskAgent

K.A. Blaser @KABlaser

@DVpit_ #askDVpit I’m always curious, when a DV pitch blows up and there’s a lot of agent interest, do things move a little faster for that author in finding an agent? Or does it all happen at the usual pace?

I would say it sort of depends because one agent could read immediately and then speed the process along for all of us, but also we all are trying to read and do justice by each other so our speed could be normal compared to a regular full request! #askDVpit

Emily Forney
@EmilyKaitlinnn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @bookendslit • Young Leaders Council @feministpress • Internet/pop culture writer • Expert trap queen • emilykaitlin.com for #MSWL
7 MSWL
16 AskAgent

Kathryn Faye @KathrynFaye007

Would it overwhelm an agent if they ask you so you have any other projects and you say over 20? I write at least 2-3 novels a year. #askDVpit

I M guessing this is for PB would stick to 1-3 others that fit their wishlist and are relevant. See what grabbed their attention with the first and show off a little range, but don’t overwhelm #askDVpit

Tiffany Liao
@Tiff_Liao
Editor
Executive Editor @zandoprojects . Reppin' the 408 in the land of 212. It's pronounced meow with an L. Opinions are my own. She/her.
25 MSWL
5 AskAgent
1 Tips

Tiffany Liao @Tiff_Liao

It's hard to predict the trajectory of a trend but what is certain is that nothing kills a trend faster than flooding the market with the same tired iteration. Readers grow fatigued with copycats but not an entire genre. If you have a fresh take, go for it! #askdvpit twitter.com/PointsTangent/…

Adding on, it's good to have market awareness of a trend. Identify the most prevalent iteration of that trend and distinguish your pitch from it. If XYZ is booming, here's how your book taps into that proven market *and* here's what'll make it transcend any one moment #askdvpit

Emily Forney
@EmilyKaitlinnn
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @bookendslit • Young Leaders Council @feministpress • Internet/pop culture writer • Expert trap queen • emilykaitlin.com for #MSWL
7 MSWL
16 AskAgent
Jim McCarthy
@JimMcCarthy528
Literary Agent
Literary agent & VP at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. Query me at QueryManager.com/JimMcCarthy
57 MSWL
88 AskAgent
10 Queries
7 Tips

Stacey Pierson @SuperStacey318

When comping a hit like Twilight whether it's the book or movie - as an agent/editor do you already have some sort of expectation that book to be as good as the comped title or better? #askDVPit

Something I'll add about comps: if you're talking about the BIGGEST hits or talking about OLD hits, they become less useful. Also, I think most agents are looking to them to get a sense of the spirit or feel of a project more than anything hugely specific. #askDVpit

Kiara Valdez
@dezinpub
Editor
@01FirstSecond Associate Editor| Writer | She/Her| Opinions are mine |✨anime, comics, fashion| Demi-Bi Afro🇩🇴 |#LatinxInPub| Rep’d: @BrittSiess
3 MSWL
6 AskAgent

Tangent Points @PointsTangent

#askDVpit
How often do trends lasts or return if they've gone out of favor? For instance, high fantasy or paranormal MCs?

It really depends on the medium. For example in GN, middle grade and YA contemporary and memoir has been hot for YEARS and will continue to be popular for many more. It’s almost evergreen. Other genres have some successes but are less stable—but this will change soon! #askDVpit